Grateful Dead Live at Baltimore Civic Center on 1977-05-26
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Soundboard > 7 inch Master Reels @7.5ips 1/2 track -> DAT(s) -> ZA2 -> CDR (x1)-> EAC -> SHN; with AUD patches (and other fixes) by Scott Clugston, using Master Audience Cassette: Sony ECM-33p mics > Sony TC-158 > D source, taped by Jerry Moore; to etree via Darrin Sacks; see info file for details, other comments and credits
- 2004-04-09 14:44:59
- Soundboard > 7 inch Master Reels @7.5ips 1/2 track -> DAT(s) -> ZA2 -> CDR (x1)-> EAC -> SHN
- Baltimore, MD
- Baltimore Civic Center
Subject: Love the energy of 77
Been going show by show through 1977 and am simply floored by the energy of the band and the overall quality of play. I saw 44 shows from 83 to 92 and while there were some great moments and a few highlights, other than Roanoke, I never witnessed anything comparable to what I am hearing here. And let's be honest, even the Roanoke show I saw when Jerry was on fire was just a reminder of how insanely good he used to be.
Yeah, there was some great interplay between the band members in 91 but Garcia had lost several steps on his playing and, overall, the band just didn't seem to have the same stamina and endurance that we can witness night after night trolling through the 77 archive.
I think the tragedy of this band is that when Garcia was at his absolute highest high and the band was locked in instrumentally, the performances are marred by a backup singer who just could not hear herself on stage and produced cringe worthy moments at every turn.
And, as much as I love what Brent brought to the band, he couldn't overcome Garcia's drug addled performances. If only they had fired Donna earlier.
Love Jerry's slinky playin' all over the place. He was dialed in fur sure. Get it before the grandkids want a piece of the action.
Subject: Great Show!
Subject: Ladies and Gentlemen
Set 1 is workhorse-good; check that Jack-a-Roe and the Bertha set closer! But of course, the Sugaree here gets the gold star. Just lovely, as it always was this year.
Set 2 - Big River, baby! I love that slick-disco approach they used around this time; the suite has some reliables throughout, esp. that light-as-a-feather Eyes, but the Jam into Not Fade Away here is the real goods - move over Cornell! This is sixteen-some minutes, and believe me, the boys (particularly Jerry) use every second.
Don't miss the Baltimore show. It's a worthy sleeper that sets us up nicely for the Hartford sendoff. And....DustTizzle - you're giving this one two stars because we all just need to 'get over' '77? And start in with '91, like you? Who says we're not?!? :)
Subject: Lets get over 77 geeeeeeeez
Subject: Beast of a show
Super crispy. Bookmark this one- you will be coming back for more.
Subject: :WOW!!!!! Phil and Jerry on Eyes of The World
Subject: Bobby Achieves MIDI Sound
Subject: strong show
email me at firstname.lastname@example.org happy to share with some good listeners.
Subject: Holy Crap
This is 5 stars alone!!!!
another 77 smoker....
Subject: Yet another amazing May 77 show
Subject: Quote the Raven....Never More!
TLEO, Peggy-O, Roses(I always loved that tune),Cumberland and a set ending Might as well.
The second set is where things go crazy. Kick-Ass Stranger Franklin's Estimated(which they kinda loop back into itstself instead of going into another tune. And then Terrapin and Drums. Then the real fun begins With the loud and insane laughter, Phil Quoting The Raven, More misc, quotes against a continued backdrop of the laughter. After that, I never looked back. Check it out in the Dead base its called the "Raven Space". Good stuff Get a copy if you can. Also a beautiful Brokedown Palace.
Subject: Outrageously great show!
Best Ever NFA, by a good margin. In my book, one of the Top Ten Shows of All Time! Your mileage may vary. Enjoy!
Subject: One hell of a performance!
Overall, this is a great show with an abundance of energy and excellent sound quality to boot. A wonderful tidbit for your enjoyment and aural gratification.
Subject: say what you will
the great playing night in, night out was accentuated by exceptional recordings.
they just sound so damn fine...again and again.
Subject: Beautiful sounding show!
Subject: Nice and tight!
Subject: If Donna is singing on key...
Subject: Love this show for what it is
I listened to Bertha a few times in a row- Jerry blisters in this particular Bertha- worth a listen for those who are tracking this song to find their "favorite".
I may be back as I am just up to the Terrapin
Subject: hope you're not talking about frost
Subject: Attention Donna haters
Subject: May 1977!!!!!!
Subject: Very solid show
Subject: THIS IS A SOUNDBOARD!
In a year where NFA is a staple this one at 16+ mins is classic into GDTR... Not to be missed.
With respect to Maryland I completely agree I am sure there are others but I can only think of set II of '82 playin>crazy fingers which was a letdown and thats after a sizzling first set so its a wash.
Subject: Sound Up!
Terrapin>Estimated>Eyes is very tight!
Sound is A+
Subject: I do say.....
Anyway, this is a crystal clear, no hiss sound board and a solid show. Sound quality does not get better than this, it is the same quality as 5/22/77 or close to it.
Well worth the DL.
Subject: Not a sounboard
Underated show. Crispy BOARD !!
Gets lost with all the other great May 77 shows but nonetheless is a little gem unto itself.
Subject: Not Fade Away----Supplication and...
Instead, they return to a NFA verse. The drummers then switch over to the steady beat of GDTRFB....Garcia's solos are fairly inspired, especially his use of the chords. The ending is a bit odd: he tries to state the usual Bid You Goodnight-type theme, but the band seems to want to race on and do another GDTRFB verse. Then they quickly bring the whole thing down to start A&A.
Subject: Solid, On the One
Subject: May 77